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Feb 26, 2017 at 06:00 AM
Q.F.N. logoThe Quinte Field Naturalists Association, an affiliate of Ontario Nature (formerly Federation of Ontario Naturalists) is non-profit organization sponsoring nature education, conservation and research. It was founded in 1949 and incorporated in 1990, and encompasses the counties of Hastings and Prince Edward. The Quinte Field Naturalists Association is legally entitled to hold real estate and accept bequests.

Gray Jay at Algonquin Park. Photo by Ian DickinsonIn 1949, a small group of birdwatchers got together and decided that the Belleville area needed a naturalists club. Unlike today, there were very few nature clubs in Ontario, and those that did exist, were all located in major cities of the province. The keen interest of the few members remained, and the newly formed "Brown Thrasher Club" made it through those early years to become the group that it is today, and the name was eventually changed to the present Quinte Field Naturalists.

Today, the group is made up of naturalists interested in a wide variety of natural history subjects, from birds and insects to plants, and even astronomy.

For information on our next meeting, and to read the monthly newsletter,  please scroll down further on this page. 


New! Fabulous Fall Fungi workshops. Scroll to bottom page for details.

Quinte Field Naturalists Executive 

  • President: George Thomson   613-478-3205
  • Vice-President: Phil Martin 613-395-3246
  • Corresponding Secretary: Elizabeth Churcher  613-478-3205
  • Recording Secretary: Lori Brown & Nancy Stevenson
  • Treasurer: Douglas Newfield  613-477-3066
  • Environmental Officer & Publicity: Denice Wilkins  613-478-5070
  • Outings: John Blaney  613-962-9337
  • Membership Mailing: Karina Spence
  • Newsletter: John Blaney  613-962-9337
  • Social Convener: Sharron Blaney  613-962-9337


QFN members at Algonquin Park. Photo by Donna FanoProjects

  • maintain a web page on the NatureStuff website
  • publish a newsletter, The Quinte Naturalist
  • provide financial support to worthwhile programs
  • participate in volunteer programs and events like the Marsh Monitoring Program, Loggerhead Shrike Monitoring, and the Baillie Birdathon 
  • attend regular regional Ontario Nature meetings
  • hold seven meetings a year with guest speakers on current topics of interest
  • organize outings to local sites to observe nature
  • conduct the annual Christmas Bird Count
  • Dec. 27/14 Christmas Bird Count Results CLICK HERE


Single:  $25.00, $40 a couple    

Contact the Q.F.N. treasurer Doug Newfield at:
161 Thrasher Road, R.R. # 1, Plainfield, Ontario  K0K 2V0 
Telephone:  613-477-3066     E-mail:

Memberships begin in January of each year

A QFN Membership offers:

- Monthly Meetings (Sept. - Apr. ) with stimulating speakers, challenging nature quizzes, friendly conversation and refreshments.

- Colourful, Informative Newsletter ( Sept. - Apr. ) outlining events and featuring articles on the flora and fauna of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties and local environmental concerns. * Now online! * (see below)

- Periodic Field Trips with an experienced leader to observe and learn more about birds, wildflowers and other natural wonders. Destinations are mostly local but may be as far afield as Algonquin Provincial Park. Night-time owling is an adventure not to be missed.

- An Opportunity to Spend Time with Others who share an appreciation for all aspects of the natural world and a love of the outdoors regardless of the season.


Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of every month from September through April in the Sills Auditorium at the Bridge Street United Church in Belleville

Our Next Meeting ! !

 (Indoor Meetings with Guest Speakers resumes in September)


Speaker:  Tony & Kathy deGroot

Topic:  "Algonquin's Natural Beauty"

Date: Monday, February 27, 2017

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Sills Auditorium, Bridge Street United Church, Belleville

Amateur naturalists and outdoor photographers Tony and Kathy deGroot, will present an audio and visual tour of Ontario Park’s crown jewel. All welcome, by donation.
Looking ahead to upcoming Meetings

Monday, March 27: Stuart Mackenzie, "Motus Wildlife Tracking System" 
Monday, April 24: Robert Alvo, "Being A Bird in North America" (QFN Annual Supper)


    For upcoming outings, Contact John Blaney at 613-962-9337 or e-mail  


To view, click the link below

2017 Newsletters

January, 2017 Newsletter

February, 2017

2016 Newsletters

 January, 2016 Newsletter

February, 2016 Newsletter

March, 2016 Newsletter

April, 2016 Newsletter

September, 2016 Newsletter

October, 2016 Newsletter

November, 2016 Newsletter


2016 Minutes

February, 2016 Meeting

March, 2016 Meeting

April, 2016 Meeting

September, 2016 Meeting

October, 2016 Meeting

November, 2016 Meeting


2015 Newsletters

January, 2015 Newsletter

February, 2015 Newsletter

March, 2015 Newsletter

April, 2015 Newsletter

September, 2015 Newsletter

October, 2015 Newsletter

November, 2015 Newsletter


2014 Newsletters

January, 2014 Newsletter

February, 2014 Newsletter

March, 2014 Newsletter

April 2014 Newsletter

September 2014 Newsletter

October 2014 Newsletter

November 2014 Newsletter

2013 Newsletters

January, 2013 Newsletter

February, 2013 Newsletter

March, 2013 Newsletter

April, 2013 Newsletter

September, 2013 Newsletter

October, 2013 Newsletter

November, 2013 Newsletter

2012 Newsletters

January, 2012 Newsletter

February, 2012 Newsletter

March, 2012 Newsletter

September, 2012 Newsletter

September, 2012 Newsletter (addendum)

October, 2012 Newsletter

November, 2012 Newsletter






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